2019 Country Fair & Gathering – Highlights

For the 2019 Country Fair & Gathering Event Details, click here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Country Fair and Gathering on Saturday. It was a beautiful day in Sedalia!

The 2019 Country Fair was blessed with moderate temperatures and a bit of a breeze, a nice summer day for horse show exhibitors, demonstrators, and fairgoers alike to enjoy being outdoors in the country. The arena rumbled under wagons, the hoofs of big black horses, and the scampering feet of dogs and the sheep they herded.

Musicians Catherine the Great, East Bound, and unannounced guests Dale and Robert Overstreet kept the pavilion upbeat and didn’t seem to bother the chickens at all. FFA brought sheep and goats, sold mums, and generally added to the life of the Fair.

LT Skinnell demonstrated forging, and vendors offered good food and a wide variety of merchandise. Doug MacLeod set up his camp with its ancient artifacts in the lower meadow, showing kids how to weave yucca into mats and to use primitive bows and arrows. Mark Angelini and John Fluger carved wood into spoons and animals. Children wore out the playground and ate Italian ice. The Pollinator Garden hummed brightly in its beds, and the Angelinis explained plans for next year’s sustainable vegetable garden.

2020 will be the first year in many decades that hemp can be legally grown in Virginia. Bedford County Extension Agent Scott Baker,  and Chris Wood, who grows hemp for oil at Peaks of Otter Hemp, addressed agricultural issues of growing hemp for fiber and medicinal oil.

Doris McCabe thanked the Al Stroobants Foundation for the solar micro-grid it awarded the Sedalia Center, and Mark Howard and Shane Tyree of Powermark Electrical, who designed and installed it, gave impromptu tours of the system. 2019 is the 60th anniversary of the construction of the Counter Ridge School, the original incarnation of the Sedalia Center. Alumna Deborah Reeves spoke of the history of black children’s education in northern Bedford County, reminding the audience of the milestone that the building of Counter Ridge marked: a school with indoor plumbing, a cafeteria, and a kitchen where the lunch ladies cooked from scratch. A school that gave a child a sense of dignity and the opportunity to advance. And gave the Sedalia Center a history it can be proud of.

the Winners

Horse Show

Coming Soon



  • Speckled Sussex                   1st Charlie Moser
  • Serama Rooster & Hen           2nd Charlie Moser
  • Buff                                         1st Madison Cocke
  • Silver Lace Wyandotte           1st Charlie Moser
  • Polish Frizzle                           1st Bob Curfiss
  • Phoenix Rooster                     1st Rachel Cocke
  • Dark Brahama           1st Emily Cocke
  • Sex Link                                  1st Emily Cocke
  • Silkie Rooster                          1st Ava Curfiss
  • Gray Silkie                              1st Emily Cocke


  • Lone Bale                                1st Elaine Lee
  • Maria in Snow                         2nd Elaine Lee
  • Three Flowers                         3rd Donna Owen
  • Marked Wire                            4th Elaine Lee
  • Two Cats                                5th Donna Owen
  • Curve to the Peaks of Otter 6th Elaine Lee



  • Red & Yellow Tomatoes         1st Emma Markham    
  • Mr. Stripy Tomatoes               1st Emma Markham
  • Tomatoes                                1st Christy Boone
  • Tomatoes                               2nd Christy Boone
  • Tomatoes                                3rd Christy Boone

Pickled Cucumbers

  • Dill Pickles                               1st Emma Markham
  • Pickle Relish                            1st Emma Markham

Pickled Vegetables                 

  • Squash Relish                                    1st Patricia Stevens
  • Christmas Jam                        2nd Patricia Stevens

Pickled Cabbage

  • Chow-Chow                           1st Emma Markham
  • Red Chow-Chow                1st Emma Markham



  • Apple Pie                                1st Doris McCabe
  • Jicama Pie                              2nd Larry Freeman


Root Vegetable

Jicama                                     1st Larry Freeman


  • Charleston Grey                     1st Donald Steen
  • Heirloom Organic                     1st Doris McCabe


  • Brown Eggs                            1st Stormie Shelton
  • Colored Eggs                          1st Stormie Shelton
  • Easter Eggs                            1st Emily Cocke                         
  • Small White Eggs                    1st Madison Cocke
  • White Eggs                             2nd Stormie Shelton
  • Farm Fresh Display Eggs       1st Emily Cocke



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Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
Bedford Community Health Foundation
Bank of the James

Lone Pine Farm

Virginia Commission for the Arts

Al Stroobants Foundation